“As [a person] thinks within himself, so he is.”
—Proverbs 23:7 (NASB)
Self-esteem is comprised of two potentially lethal words: self and esteem. When these two words are placed innocently together with the olive branch of the hyphen between them, the battle begins in the soul of a woman.
Our self-esteem is not birthed from only one place in life or from one circumstance we experience. The foundation of our self-esteem can always be traced back to the formative, growing years of infancy, childhood, and adolescence. When we compare ourselves with others, we often subconsciously find ourselves lacking in either looks, smarts, or ability.
As we begin to tackle multiple self-esteem issues, one thing is vital: you need to answer this question for yourself: “Who do you think you are?”
You must have a healthy and whole view of yourself. If you believe that you are a woman of value, significance, and destiny, then that is how you will approach life. And you will treat others with value, importance, and worth regardless of how they have treated you.
Conversely, if you believe that you are a loser and that God forgot you when it came to talents, looks, and intelligence, then you will respond as a defeated human being. You will allow others to take advantage of you, and you will react out of emotions rather than out of purpose and destiny.
You will never be able to live beyond who you think that you are. You will not break out of your own limitations unless you first break into who God says that you are. In order to discover who we are as women and who we were created to become, we must go back to the beginning. We must inspect the intentions and the creative genius of our Maker. We need to listen to God’s opinion of the feminine gender before we are scathed by other people’s unfair expectations, compared to ridiculous role models, and wounded by hurtful rejection. We have to discover what His assessment was of us at the exact moment in history that He created the very first woman. Read on, my friend, read on!